Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated October 25, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines

Faculty & Staff

Q: Am I required to have completed a vaccine series before arriving on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year? 
A: Yes, effective August 1, 2021, all faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated with submitted documentation at marist.medicatconnect.com.

Q: I received or will receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of the United States. Will this be accepted as proof of vaccination? 
A: Yes. While Marist strongly encourages all students to obtain a vaccine with FDA emergency use authorization, the College will accept vaccines on the World Health Organization- Emergency Use List (available HERE) for any international faculty and staff.

Q: What does "fully vaccinated" mean?
A: The term "fully vaccinated' means that two weeks have passed since the final dose of your COVID-19 vaccination series.

Q: Can I access campus without being vaccinated?
A: Employees must either be fully vaccinated or have a valid medical or religious exemption on file with Human Resources. Please click here for instructions on filing an exemption. If needed, unvaccinated employees should work with the Office of Human Resources to make arrangements to access campus. 

Q: Can I appeal the College’s exemption decision? 
A: There will be no appeal of decisions made by the College regarding exemptions.

Q: If my medical or religious exemption is approved, do I have to complete arrival testing and quarantine procedures?
A: Yes. All employees with approved medical or religious vaccination exemptions must comply with the following requirements:

Complete arrival testing within 24 hours of arrival to campus
• Mask while indoors in public locations (e.g. classrooms, lounges, common spaces, etc.)
• Social distance, wherever possible
• Complete mandatory attestations as directed by College policy and procedures (e.g. daily/weekly).
• Complete surveillance testing as directed by College policy and procedures. General employees who miss College-sponsored surveillance testing will be required to test at their own cost and submit an attestation of negative result.
• Comply with additional restrictions on high-risk activities (e.g., athletics, music, band), if applicable.

Isolation and/or Quarantine

• The College quarantine and isolation policy requires that employees safely return home or to other off campus locations for the time duration required. Marist is not providing general isolation or quarantine facilities except on a very limited basis.
• Employees who are exempt or not fully vaccinated must quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 and determined to be a close contact
• Any member of the Marist community who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate per College policy regardless of vaccination status

For more information on quarantining and isolation, click here.

Q: What do I do if I have been vaccinated but I misplaced my vaccine card?
A: Contact the healthcare provider or county health department where your vaccine was administered.  

Q: Why is the College requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for all on-campus faculty and staff? 
A: Vaccination against COVID has been shown to be highly effective at preventing moderate to severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Vaccination also significantly decreases infection rates and transmission.  It is the most effective intervention that will push COVID-19 infection to the background, and keep case rates among the campus community very low.  A high vaccination rate among the entire Marist community will allow the campus to return to normal operations, with minimal to no restrictions on activities for vaccinated individuals. Accordingly, Marist’s Board of Trustees voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all faculty and staff and students who will be on campus in person this coming academic year. 

Q: Where can I get an off-campus vaccination? 
A: Use the following resources to register for an off-campus vaccine appointment: 

• New York: Visit New York State’s vaccination site: am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov to schedule an appointment.   
• All Locations: Utilize Vaccine Finder, a centralized, searchable database, to track vaccine availability in pharmacies, health care providers, and municipalities across the United States. 

Q: Can I email my vaccine exemption request? 
A: No. All vaccine exemption request forms must be uploaded to Marist’s secure health services portal, Medicat. Students and employees should not email health information.  

Students

Q: Am I required to have completed a vaccine series before arriving on campus for the start of classes?
A: Yes, effective August 1, 2021, all students must be fully vaccinated with submitted documentation at marist.medicatconnect.com.

Q: I received or will receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of the United States. Will this be accepted as proof of vaccination? 
A: Yes. While Marist strongly encourages all students to obtain a vaccine with FDA emergency use authorization, the College will accept vaccines on the World Health Organization- Emergency Use List (available HERE) for any international students.

Q: I am under the age of 18 and my physician has advised I not be vaccinated with Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson. Can I still come to campus? 
A: Students that will be starting in the fall under the age of 18 and are advised by their physician to receive the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccination must receive an approved medical exemption in order to attend Marist on campus. 

Q: Are students enrolled in fully online programs required to submit documentation of vaccination? 
A: No. While Marist encourages all students, faculty, and staff to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, only those who will be in-person during Fall 2021 semester are required to submit documentation.  

Q: I am in an online program, can I be on campus? 
A:  Yes. Fully online students may visit campus as a guest. Individuals who are unvaccinated will be subject to all College and New York State public health policies and will not have access to student clubs/intramurals, or certain campus facilities including the fitness centers, and dining hall. 

Q: Why is the College requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for all students accessing campus? 
A: As per the CDC, a “Fully Vaccinated Campus” means fewer public health restriction for everyone. Vaccination against COVID has been shown to be highly effective at preventing moderate to severe illness, hospitalization, and death.  Vaccination also significantly decreases infection rates and transmission.  It is the most effective intervention that will push COVID-19 infection to the background, and keep case rates among the campus community very low.  A high vaccination rate among the entire Marist community will allow the campus to return to normal operations, with minimal to no restrictions on activities for vaccinated individuals. Accordingly, Marist’s Board of Trustees voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all faculty and staff and students who will be on campus in person this coming academic year.

Q: What does "fully vaccinated" mean? 
A: The term "fully vaccinated' means that two weeks have passed since the final dose of your COVID-19 vaccination series. 

Q: Where can I get an off-campus vaccination? 
A: Use the following resources to register for an off-campus vaccine appointment: 

• New York: Visit New York State’s vaccination site: am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov to schedule an appointment. You may also register for COVID-19 vaccination updates from Dutchess County Government to be notified when there is an appointment available at specific locations: www.dutchessny.gov/vaccineinfoform.
• All Locations: Utilize Vaccine Finder, a centralized, searchable database, to track vaccine availability in pharmacies, health care providers, and municipalities across the United States. 

Click here to view the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination. 

Q: Will Marist administer COVID-19 vaccines? 
A: During the Spring semester, the College offered COVID-19 vaccines to students, faculty, and staff. However, at this time, Marist College is not providing vaccinations.

Q: Is the vaccine required for individuals who have documentation of prior COVID-19 illness? 
A: Yes. According to the CDC, individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 should be vaccinated. “Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.”

Q: What do I do if I have been vaccinated but I misplaced my vaccine card? 
A: Contact the healthcare provider or county health department where your vaccine was administered.  

Q: Am I required to get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am concerned that it has only received Emergency Use Authorization status with the FDA?
A: Yes. While the COVID-19 vaccine has not yet received full approval, it has been approved for Emergency Use Authorization which required that it meet the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality. Additional information on the safety of the vaccine can be found on the CDC website, where it is noted that as of June 14, 2021 over 310 million doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered in the United States under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.

Q: Will online classes be offered for students who choose not to be vaccinated? 
A: Students who choose not to be vaccinated can enroll in existing fully online programs. We do not anticipate a remote option for courses that are offered fully on-ground. 

Q: If I’ve already uploaded my vaccine documentation do I need to do it again?
A: No. vaccine documentation uploaded in Spring 2021 will fulfill this requirement. 

Q: Is there a way for me to confirm that the College has my vaccine documentation?   
A: Yes. If you have already uploaded your information, you can verify its status through the following instructions. Please do not contact health services to verify this information.

Q: If I was vaccinated at 51 Fulton Street in the Spring, do I need to upload documentation of my vaccination? 
A: No. If you were vaccinated at 51 Fulton or at WMC AND you swiped your Marist ID before departing the building, your vaccine information was automatically updated in Medicat. If you did not swipe your ID, then you must upload your vaccination documentation in Medicat.

Q: If the vaccine receives full FDA approval and I choose to get vaccinated during the semester will I be permitted to transition to in-person classes during the Fall term?
A: We do not anticipate a remote option for courses that are offered fully on-ground during the Fall semester. This means that students who elect to enroll in online programs must wait until the Spring 2022 semester to resume taking in-person classes should they receive the vaccine once the semester begins. 

Q: Can I submit documentation of my NYS Excelsior Pass as proof of COVID-19 vaccine?
A: No. Excelsior Pass provides secure, digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results; but it does not provide details of vaccination date(s) and type, which is required information to be submitted.

Q: Are students required to wear masks for the Fall 2021 semester?
A: In addition to the mandatory masking requirement for individuals with an authorized exemption, we are temporarily extending this requirement to all members of the Marist community.  As of Wednesday, August 18, the use of masks is required in all administrative and academic buildings on campus, including the Library.  

Please note that facial coverings are not required for fully vaccinated individuals in the following settings:

Outdoors
• Private offices or shared work spaces where six feet of distancing can be maintained
• Marist dormitories
• The McCann Center – members of the Marist community must wear a mask when entering or walking around, but facial coverings are not necessary when exercising, eating, or drinking
• Marist’s main dining hall and cafes – members of the Marist community should be masked when entering the facility but may remove masks when eating, drinking, and socializing during the meal

We will reevaluate as the semester progresses, and may revise this policy based on the status of case counts and public health recommendations.

Q: Will there be exemptions to immunization against COVID-19? 
A: Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Please click here for instructions on filing an exemption.

Q: Can I email my vaccine exemption request? 
A: No. All vaccine exemption request forms must be uploaded to Marist’s secure health services portal, Medicat. Students and employees should not email health information.  

Surveillance Testing for Individuals Who Are Not Fully Vaccinated and/or have been approved for a religious or medical exemption

Q: What do I do if I’ve been called to test on a day that I don’t have to be on campus or I have a conflict?

A: If you are unable to participate in testing on the day you have scheduled, you must attend the next available testing window or will not be cleared to be on campus. 

Q: Do I have to participate in testing if I have already been vaccinated?

A: No. While you are welcome to continue to participate in scheduled surveillance testing, you are not required to do so.

Q: Should I participate in surveillance testing if I have tested positive?

A: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, then you are exempt from participating in surveillance testing.  Marist Health Services must be notified of the date of your positive test result in order for you to stop receiving the notification emails and be exempt from participating. Supporting medical documentation may be requested. You will automatically begin to receive the notification emails from the surveillance team when you are once again eligible to test. 

Q: What do I do if I miss my surveillance test? 

Individuals who miss surveillance testing must attend the next available testing window or will not be cleared to be on campus. 

Health Information, Testing, and Quarantining

Q: Will I be required to participate in surveillance testing?

A: Individuals with approved medical or religious COVID-19 vaccination exemptions, and those that are in process but not yet fully vaccinated will be required to complete surveillance testing as directed by College policy and procedures. Students who do not comply with regular testing will be disciplined in accordance with the student code of conduct. 

Q: Do parents or guardians need to show proof of testing before they are allowed on campus for move-in? 

A: Parents, immediate family members, and guardians do not need to show proof of testing prior to coming to campus; however, they must complete a health screening prior to their visit to campus. As part of this screening, visitors must attest to whether they have tested positive for COVID, experience symptoms, or been in contact with individuals who have tested positive. 

Complete the guest health screening here >

Q: How is the data included in the dashboard complied?

A: Marist reports aggregate positive and recovered COVID-19 cases from its community. This information will not be reported based upon gender, vaccination status, or any other categorical distinction.

Q: What is the process if a student tests positive during the semester? Where do they isolate?

A: The following measures must be taken if a member of the Marist community tests positive for COVID-19:

The College quarantine and isolation policy requires that students and employees safely return home or to other off-campus locations for the time duration required. Marist is only providing general isolation or quarantine facilities on a limited case-by-case basis.
• Any member of the Marist community who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for 10 days per College policy regardless of vaccination status.
• Students who test positive for COVID-19 are responsible for contacting advising and/or faculty members to create an individual plan to complete their coursework.
• Students who are not fully vaccinated or exempt must quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 and are determined to be a close contact.

Q: Can I get tested for COVID-19 if I have no symptoms?

A: Members of the Marist community may access testing from MidHudson Regional Hospital by requesting an appointment through the following link: wmchealthnetwork.tfaforms.net/256.

Q: I am in the process of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine series. I was advised not to have the flu shot during this process. What should I do to meet the flu requirement? 

A: Current CDC guidance is that there is no required time interval between COVID-19 vaccination and receipt of other vaccines, including the flu vaccine.  You should receive the flu vaccine at your earliest convenience.  

Q: If I become ill, can I get tested at Marist?

A: If you are feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, or a fever equal to or greater than 100.3° F), we are offering symptomatic testing through Marist’s Health Services.

As always, symptomatic students must contact Health Services to seek care at (845) 575-3270 or Health.Services@marist.edu, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Outside of these hours, students can contact the Office of Safety and Security 24 hours per day, seven days per week at (845) 471-1822.

Q: If I am exposed, can I get tested at Marist?

A: Marist is not providing quarantine services for students who are not fully vaccinated and are determined to be close contact to a COVID case.  So, Marist Health Services will not be providing testing in this situation.  You can obtain a test at an urgent care local to you, or by using a self-test kit available over the counter. 

Q: If a student is feeling ill, how is Marist distinguishing between students who need a COVID-19 test and those who do not? Is Health Services assessing this? How does quarantining and testing work with general illnesses?

A: Marist medical professionals will assess every instance of student illness and respond appropriately. 

Q: In the event that a student tests positive, how will they/their roommates/floor be isolated? How will we be able to pick them up?

A: All students who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to complete a 10-day isolation period.  Close contacts (as defined by the CDC) of any students who test positive will be identified by Marist’s Contact Tracing Team, and contacted directly.  Students who are not fully vaccinated are subject to quarantine. To complete quarantine/isolation requirements, students may use their personal vehicle to return home or a parent/guardian can pick them up to transport them home.

Q: When can I return to campus after contracting COVID-19?

A: Students who contract COVID-19 must be cleared by Marist Health Services prior to returning to campus. The Health Service follows the CDC guidelines, which specify that a person must complete a 10-day isolation after either the start of symptoms or the date of a positive test, whichever occurs first. In addition, the CDC recommends that a person be fever free for 72 hours without using any antipyretic medication, and whatever symptoms they might be experiencing are improving.  

The Health Service requires students to complete a full 10-day isolation as a more conservative approach. This means that students are cleared no earlier than the 11th day after start of symptoms or the date of their positive test.  A member of the Health Services provider team conducts a telehealth assessment with each student in isolation to determine that they meet criteria for clearance and return to campus.

Q: How often will students be tested?

A: All students who are on campus and are not fully vaccinated were required to have a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, and are required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing every seven days. Students who do not comply with this requirement will lose clearance to attend in-person classes and/or come to campus.

All symptomatic students, regardless of vaccination status, will be evaluated by Health Services, and tested at the Health Service where clinically appropriate.

Q: In the event that a student or staff member tests positive, how will students that have come in contact with them be notified? Also, what is the protocol for students that have come in contact with someone on campus that tests positive? Especially if they live in a dorm in which they use common area showers/bathrooms?

A: Marist has an extensive contact tracing protocol, which will be coordinated with Dutchess County Department of Health and will follow all CDC guidelines.  Marist Contact Tracing Team members will conduct an investigation of every COVID case on campus, and determine which students and employees meet the threshold of a “close contact”, per CDC definition.  The Contact Tracing Team members will notify close contacts, and advise and assist them on next steps.  Students who are not fully vaccinated are subject to quarantine per Marist protocol.  Students who are fully vaccinated will be advised to monitor for symptoms, comply with enhanced mask wearing, and recommended to obtain a COVID-19 test on day 3 – 5 after exposure.

Q: Will the College provide isolation housing to students who test positive for COVID-19 during the school year?

A: The College quarantine and isolation policy requires that students and employees safely return home or to other off-campus locations for the time duration required. Marist is only providing general isolation or quarantine facilities on a limited case-by-case basis.

Flu Vaccine

Q: Will I be required to get the flu vaccine?

A: Yes. All students are required to upload documentation of the flu vaccine by January 14, 2022.

Q: Can I receive my flu vaccination through Marist?

A: Yes. Marist will be providing flu vaccinations every Wednesday, September 8 - November 17, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, outside Marian Hall. The rain location is on the 3rd floor of the Murray Student Center.

To schedule an appointment for a flu shot, visit https://riteaid.reportsonline.com/rsched/program/MC2021. An appointment is not required to receive your flu shot, but it will reduce the amount of time spent waiting in line.

Q: If I receive my flu vaccination through Marist, do I still need to upload proof of the flu vaccine?

A: No. Students who attend an on-campus flu vaccination clinic do not have to upload their proof; Health Services will complete this step.

Q: What if my insurance does not cover the cost of a flu vaccine?

A: If your insurance does not cover the cost of the flu vaccine, you will be responsible for $10 of the total cost and Marist will cover the difference. 

Academic Experience

Q: When do classes begin and end? 

A: The Fall semester will begin on Monday, August 30 and will conclude on Friday, December 1o, followed by the final exam period from December 13 - 17. 

Q: Will I be required to wear a mask or gloves in academic buildings? 

A: All students and faculty, including vaccinated individuals, must wear masks or face coverings in all academic buildings. The use of gloves is not required. Students who do not comply with this policy will be asked to leave the building by Security.   

Q: Will academic buildings be cleaned regularly? 

A: Guided by the latest research, we are modifying our cleaning protocols in both classrooms and student residence halls to mitigate the most likely means of transmission of the coronavirus.  This means that housekeepers will spend more time on high-touch surfaces, which our own testing and scientific studies indicate should remain the area of focus.  In the classroom, this change will increase the efficiency of cleaning and restore teaching time for each class period.  The reduced density of students and faculty waiting in between classes will be maintained.  We will rigorously clean classrooms three times a day and provide cleaning supplies in each classroom for individual use.  In the residence halls and classrooms, we will continue to use the same products that hospitals employ to sanitize their own facilities. 

Campus & Residential Life

Q: Can someone from outside the Marist community visit my residence hall?

A: As of August 27, students residing in campus housing are not permitted to have guests from outside the Marist community visit inside campus residence facilities, with the exception of immediate family members. Immediate families of students are required to wear a mask and are not permitted to stay overnight inside the campus residence facilities.

Please pay attention to your Marist email for additional updates to this policy.

Q: Do parents or guardians need to fill out a health form for move-in?

A: If parents or other family members intend to visit campus to drop off their student and help them move into their residence hall, they must complete the Marist Visitor Form: marist.edu/covid-19-guest-attestation

Q: What types of face coverings/masks are allowable on campus?

A: Marist requires that approved face coverings/masks be worn by all members of the Marist community on an ongoing, daily basis in all public and common areas. General community members should wear cloth/reusable masks, three-layer disposable medical face masks, or approved see-through masks.  Supplies are available through the Office of Safety and Security and can be requested by emailing PPE.requests@marist.edu. Please note: neck gaiters and/or masks with valves are not permitted on campus.  

Q: Will I be able to visit my friend in another dorm?

A: Students residing in campus housing are permitted to visit with one another, including students from different residence facilities, provided that gathering size limits are followed and masks are worn. Off-campus guests, including commuter students, are still not permitted within any campus residence facility. 

Q: Are students permitted to work off-campus?

A: Yes.

Q: What are my Dining Plan options? 

A: All information regarding dining options for Fall 2021 is available at maristdining.sodexomyway.com.

International Student Services

Q: How can international students stay updated on federal policies regarding student visas? 

A: Conditions around student visas are determined by the federal government and can change without notice. The Office of International Student Services will work to keep students abreast of changes. Marist also encourages international students to visit https://www.ice.gov/coronavirus and click on “Non-immigrant Students” and then “Frequently Asked Questions” for the most current information on federal policy.  

Q: What if I am a senior who is interested in Optional Practical Training (OPT)?  Can I take on-line courses in my country of origin and still apply for OPT? 

A: No. Seniors who are interested in Optional Practical Training (OPT) must complete their senior year in the United States. OPT eligibility requires that students take on-campus/on-ground (or hybrid) courses in the United States for your last year of classes. Online course work from a students’ country of origin in the final year at Marist excludes then from applying for OPT.  International students must be in the United States to apply for OPT. 

Q: I received or will receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of the United States. Will this be accepted as proof of vaccination?  

A: Yes. While Marist strongly encourages all students to obtain a vaccine with FDA emergency use authorization, the College will accept vaccines on the World Health Organization- Emergency Use List (available HERE) for any international students. 

Deborah Holtman, PDSO
Director of International Student Services

Wendy L. Fritz, Ed.D, DSO
Assistant Director of International Student Service

Student Financial Services

Q: If I defer one semester, how will my financial aid be determined?

A: If a student defers for one semester, their financial aid package will be prorated by one semester. 

Q: If I defer a year, do I have to reapply for a new financial aid package?

A: Yes, students must reapply for financial aid each year. 

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